Published May 24, 2016
advocacy , Federal
Tags: advocacy, Budget, FY 2017, IAL, IMLS, Innovative Approaches to Literacy, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA, Training
Although the President’s FY 2017 budget proposal includes level funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), libraries are still being cut. Funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is cut by over half a million dollars. Keeping LSTA funding at $186.6 million would allow libraries to continue critical programs. The proposed budget does include level funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) at $27 million.
The Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee will be working on the IMLS budget mark up as early as next week. Senator Mikulski is a member of this subcommittee. Please take a moment to contact the Senator and ask her to continue her long-standing support of libraries by keeping IAL funding at $27 million and restoring funding to LSTA at $186.6 million. Talk about how the LSTA cut will negatively impact library services. Check out this LSTA handout created by Maryland’s Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) to see how LSTA funds are used to transform lives statewide. For more information on how to contact Senator Mikulski, go to the American Library Association’s Engage website and click on Send an Email (provides a pre-written letter), Make a Call or Send a Tweet.
Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!
Can you legally photocopy pages from that textbook? Can students legally remix music for school assignments? What does fair use mean, and how can it be applied in the school library or classroom? If you are a school librarian or educator who is confused by copyright law, you’re not alone. School principals, superintendents, educators and librarians have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject.
On January 7, 2014, from 6:00-7:00p.m. EST, school leaders will have the opportunity to have their questions answered during an interactive tweetchat with copyright expert and bestselling author Carrie Russell. Participants can submit questions and take part in the free tweetchat by using the #k12copylaw hashtag.
For more information, please see the District Dispatch post.
Effective November 19, 2013, when accessing Thomas.gov, you will be redirected to Congress.gov. Congress.gov has grown since it’s beta release in Fall 2012 through a collaborative effort between the Library of Congress, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representatives, and Government Printing Office (GPO). The new site includes bill status, texts and summaries, direct links from bills to cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, Congressional Record, committee reports, legislative process videos and committee profile pages going as far back as the 103rd Congress.
The Library of Congress will offer webinar classes on Congress.gov on January 16th, March 11th, and May 15th. To register, complete the seminar form at http://beta.congress.gov/help. Basic help information is also available through this link.
The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, November 13th, 4-5pm. Despite Congress’ lack of popularity, libraries have a huge advantage. Learn how to use that advantage to avoid setbacks and even make great strides forward. Advocacy resources being developed in response to an ALA Washington Office survey will also be reviewed. Registration for this webinar is available online.
Published June 30, 2013
Tags: advocacy, Training, Webinar
Missed the webinar that taught 10 quick and easy ways to use your library’s busy summer calendar as an advocacy tool? You can view online a recorded video of the June 18th webinar, as well as a more detailed description.
Published June 12, 2013
Tags: advocacy, Training, Webinar
Learn ten quick and easy ways to use your library’s busy summer calendar as an advocacy tool to show elected officials what your library does to benefit the community and schools. This free webinar offered by the American Library Association will be held on Tuesday, June 18th from 4-5pm. For a more detailed description and to sign up, go to the registration page.
4/22/2013 UPDATE: Per ALA Washington Office, this webinar has been canceled:
“Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel tomorrow’s webinar titled, “What to Know Before You Go to National Library Legislative Day (or Participate from the Safety of your Community!).” Stephanie Vance, our advocacy consultant, is dealing with a family emergency.
For anyone interested, here is the link the webinar we did before Leg Day last year: http://vimeo.com/40158365
The specifics have obviously changed but the advocacy tips remain quite relevant. Additionally, first time participants are encouraged to attend “Pre-Conference” at the Washington Office on May 6 from 3-5pm. Stephanie and I will lead that session.”
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